The United States has been ravaged by wickedly horrific weather over the last week, meaning a pleasant weekend at the beach sounds better than ever. In just three weeks, festival goers will be able to make such a trip when the Hangout Music Festival returns to the Gulf Shores for its second edition. Today, festival organizers released the set times and they look something like this:
Widespread Panic will close down day one, with the glory of My Morning Jacket providing the lead-in. Unfortunately, MMJ also makes for the day’s biggest conflict as they’ll be opposite STS9. Another nasty overlap occurs at 5:30pm when the legendary Warren Haynes takes the main stage the same time Bassnectar is scheduled to pulsate the Boom Boom Room.
If there’s a day to camp out at the main stage, then Saturday might be it: Cee-Lo plays at 3:30pm, The Avett Brothers follow at 5:45pm, and Foo Fighters close things out at 8:45pm. Then again, by doing so you’ll miss sets by Primus, The Flaming Lips, Motorhead, and Pretty Lights. BTW, Flaming Lips vs. Motorhead? WTF?
The legendary Paul Simon will headline the festival’s final day, with equally stellar Black Keys scheduled to play prior on the Surf Style Stage. Other highlights include Girl Talk, Ween, Matisyahu, Portugal. The Man, and Justin Townes Earle, the latter of which has the shitty luck of playing opposite the Keys.
This sound like your sort of vacay? We feel you. As its our tradition, Consequence of Sound + Cluster 1 want to send you to the festival. The only problem? You’ll have to catch a wave to get there. Not physically, but digitally. Scattered about the two sites are a series of waves, all emblazoned with the festival’s logo. We won’t say how many – there could be 10, there could be 15 – but you’ll need to find the right articles that sport ’em.
How can you find the waves? Like any surfer would do, you’ll need to keep out for Surf Updates. These will be available on both of our Twitter accounts (@coslive, @cluster1tv), in addition to our two Facebook networks, which you can Like, here and here. This contest runs ’til Sunday night at 12am ET. So, once the clock strikes midnight, send us all the waves you’ve found (aka the links to the articles feat. the waves) at firstname.lastname@example.org and the best surfer who catches the most waves rides straight through to Gulf Shores, AL. Gnarly, huh?
If you’re a tad seasick, that’s okay. Three-day passes remain on sale and are priced at $174. If you’re already going, and you’re just plain excited, check out our interview with Hangout Music Festival co-founder AJ Niland. He’s a cool dude.